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The PD&E study is the second phase of the FDOT project development process. Each PD&E study requires the combined efforts of professional engineers, planners and scientists, who collect and analyze project-related information to determine social, economic, physical and environmental impacts. Afterward they develop the best solution for a community’s transportation needs.

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Noise Studies are performed in the PD&E phase and the Design phase, and re-evaluated if there is a major change in design to the roadway.

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Project Background

The Central Polk Parkway PD&E study was completed in the summer of 2021. The study team evaluated alternatives to address future traffic needs and provide long-term options for moving people and goods while minimizing impacts. Key study activities include:

  • Data Collection
  • Traffic Forecasts
  • Alternatives Development
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Public Outreach / Agency Coordination


An adjacent segment of Central Polk Parkway from Polk Parkway (SR 570) to US 17 (SR 35) is currently in the design phase.


The proposed Central Polk Parkway would provide benefits to the community such as:

  • Better options for moving people and goods and less congestion on existing roadways
  • An additional access route to I-4 and SR 60 for travelers and truck traffic in the region
  • Less commercial vehicle traffic through Bartow


Key considerations for the study include:

  • Avoiding or minimizing impacts to environmental resources
  • Keeping connections to existing property owners and communities
  • Coordinating with the Bartow Municipal Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to avoid interfering with operations at the airport

Study Area

The study limits are from US 17 (SR 35) to SR 60 in Polk County, Florida. The study team is evaluated alignments within the study area shown in the project location map below.

Study Area Map


The natural environment is a critical foundation of the region’s economy and quality of life. Access to high-quality rivers, parks, forests, and preserves is an important draw for residents and visitors.

FDOT will work collaboratively with its environmental partners to ensure that as new transportation corridors are considered, they are located in places that would not sever important connections in natural systems, or that they are designed to allow wildlife to safely pass.


FTE is at the forefront of planning for a safer, more efficient, and technologically advanced transportation system for the future. FTE continually seeks opportunities to integrate emerging transportation technologies that can help reduce congestion, create mobility choices, minimize environmental impacts and improve safety. FTE also recognizes that connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies hold unprecedented opportunities for enhancing mobility and increasing safety on our roadways.

If you have an idea for a technology or innovation that you would like to be considered as part of this study, please reach out to one of the contacts in the Stay Connected section below.


Links to other project-related documents will be posted when available.

Stay Connected

Project inquires, comments, innovation/technology ideas, or requests to be added to the project mailing list, can be mailed or emailed to:

Stephanie Underwood, P.E.

Project Manager for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (HNTB team)

Rax Jung, Ph.D., P.E. 

Project Development Engineer
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

For information in Spanish, please contact:

Para information en espańol por favor contacte:

Henry Pinzon, P.E.

Environmental Management Engineer
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

Media inquiries should be directed to the FDOT, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, Public Information Office using the contact information below:

Tom Alexander

Community Outreach Specialist
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (WSP USA)

If you choose to provide feedback on this site or in an email, such information is a public record under Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Laws and available for public inspection upon demand. Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.

If you need special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or require translation services (free of charge), please contact the Project Manager using the contact information listed on this page. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or 955-8770 (voice).